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Dr. Michael Michaels
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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Overview)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (hypertrophy) is an enlargement of the prostate gland in males that can constrict the male urethra leading to retention of urine, feelings of urgency, etc. If severe enough, it can be treated with some medications or surgery.


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Describe the features of benign prostatic hyperplasia (b.P.H.).?

Describe the features of benign prostatic hyperplasia (b.P.H.).?

Obstruction of urine: It involves enlargement of prostatic stromal and epithelial cells, resulting in the formation of large, discrete nodules in the area of prostate surrounding the urethra. When sufficiently large, the nodules compress the urethra causing partial, or sometimes complete, blockage of the urethra, making one unable to void. It leads to symptoms of hesitancy, strain, urgency, frequent and painful voiding. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Michaels
160 doctors shared insights

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Overview)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (hypertrophy) is an enlargement of the prostate gland in males that can constrict the male urethra leading to retention of urine, feelings of urgency, etc. If severe enough, it can be treated with some medications or surgery.


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Began experiencing benign-prostatic-hyperplasia symptoms about time started effexor (venlafaxine). Worse as dose increased (150 mg now). Side-effect or coincidence?

Began experiencing benign-prostatic-hyperplasia symptoms about time started effexor (venlafaxine). Worse as dose increased (150 mg now). Side-effect or coincidence?

Depends: Urinary symptoms are not typical side effects of effexor (venlafaxine). It is possible that the symptoms that concern you may be related to Effexor (venlafaxine) but obstructive and irritative voiding symptoms are not common side effects of this drug. ...Read more

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Living with an Enlarged Prostate (Tip)

Living with an Enlarged Prostate

Limit caffeine and alcohol intake because they can make you urinate more. ...See more

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How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

Consistency: Benign enlargement the gland gets enlarged almost 3 finger size, may not able to reach upper end of prostate, the central grove will disappears, consistency is not hard like malignancy, your urologist is an expert who has knowledge to distinguish from other conditions, finally if needed will do a biopsy to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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What can I do and not do if I have benign prostatic hyperplasia?

What can I do and not do if I have benign prostatic hyperplasia?

For BPH,: ...The most important thing to do is to work with a urologist to assess your symptoms & level of urinary bother. If you have no symptoms or bother, there is little that must be done. If you have significant bother or complications from bph, treatment with medication or even surgery is indicated. You should also minimize things that worsen symptoms, such as caffeine and late night fluid intake. ...Read more

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Living with an Enlarged Prostate (Tip)

Living with an Enlarged Prostate

As with many other things in life, "size" does matter-the larger your prostate/more symptomatic. ...See more

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What is the treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

What is the treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Varies.: To shrink the prostate, drugs like Finasteride are used. To improve sx and increase urine flow, alpha-agonists like doxazosin and Flomax (tamsulosin) are used. These drugs have an antihypertensive effect, so start on low doses and work up. There are of courseurologic procedures, but most people are started on these medications. An exam of the prostate, psa, and prostate ultraound are frequently obtained. ...Read more

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Living with an Enlarged Prostate (Tip)

Living with an Enlarged Prostate

Saw palmetto is an herbal treatment for prostate enlargement. ...See more

Dr. James Krick
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Bph (Definition)

BPH is abbrev of benign prostate hyperplasia, which is a general, confusing, clinical term for men's trouble to void although it is a pathological term to describe microscopic increase in number & size of glandular cells in the prostate, starting as early as age 30. For better use, LUTS is proposed to replace BPH. More? ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more